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New NHS Education Contract

Health Education England has introducing a new NHS Education Contract to replace the varying contractual arrangements previously in place (including the Learning and Development Agreement with NHS service providers).

The new NHS Education Contract will be a key tool for improving the quality of education and training, driving change, and providing funding.

Over the summer of 2020, to help develop this new contract, HEE sought the advice of partners to identify what can and should be in the new contract. This led to the development of a draft contract which now been revised following feedback.

A ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document has been added to this page, to address the most common questions you may have. We will add new questions to the FAQs document when it is next revised.

Background to the new contract

We believe a single NHS Education Contract will help us to achieve a nationally consistent approach to contracting and funding for education and training. We also hope that it will making it easier for all parties to understand how public funds are used, and what the public should expect in return for the money invested in training the healthcare workforce.

The new NHS Education Contract will: 

  • Be applicable across multiple providers (HEI, Education Providers, NHS, independent, voluntary, private and social care) and settings (e.g. secondary care, GP/Primary Care, Dentistry); 
  • Align HEE’s commissioning, procuring and workforce planning arrangements with its contractual and financing activities; 
  • Emphasise the roles and responsibilities of each party involved in delivering healthcare education and training; 
  • Focus on HEE’s expectations on the outputs (volume, value, impact, quality) for the public investment received. 

We hope it will better accommodate non-NHS education and training partners in training delivery, to encourage a wider selection of training partners to improve training capacity, quality and student experience. 

The NHS Education Contract is a standardised contract across England to enable, fund and assure the core activity of Health Education England with Education and Placement providers. Schedules are specific for each signatory of the contract and will be determined through our implementation of individual contracts. To view the new contract click here.

If you have questions about the implementation of the new contract, or the wider project, please email educationcontract@hee.nhs.uk 

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